The Harris County Criminal Justice world was heartbroken to learn of the unexpected passing of longtime defense attorney Kirby Taylor this week. Most of us have known Kirby since starting our careers in the CJC world. I remember meeting him as a baby prosecutor back in 1999. To use the term "universally beloved" would be a very appropriate way to describe this dear, sweet man. He was kind and friendly to all and everyone that I know found him to be one of the most endearing people at the courthouse. He was a lawyer who handled the most serious of cases with compassion coupled with common sense. He fought hard for his clients with credibility and honesty that worked well for him in his practice. If you ever met Kirby, you doubtlessly knew of his trademark "crazy socks" that became his calling card. Regardless of whether he was wearing a three-piece suit or casual clothes, he was guaranteed to be wearing socks that could potentially zap your retinas. He also c
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Since I felt it was appropriate to make my critiques and observations about others' Zoom behavior in this post last May, I felt it would only be fair to tell on myself for something that happened this morning . . . If you are reading this blog and don't know me personally, then you may or may not have picked up on the fact that I like to mess with people. 99% of the time, the people that I harass or tease are my friends and it is all good-natured. I was known for pulling practical jokes when I was a prosecutor and I still like to do them when the opportunity presents itself. Because of this, I am keenly aware of the fact that I have a very large target on my back for retaliation at any given moment. It's kind of like surfing on a giant wave, and knowing that you are eventually going to wipe out at some point. I strive on a daily basis to avoid giving some of my more frequent targets any ammunition to get back at me. Some days, I'm more successful than others.